Mar 082011

I know all of us have hit organizational brick walls at one time or another in our life. I seem to hit it on a daily basis!  It seems that no matter how hard I try to get my house in some sorts of Organized pattern… My 4 year old decides he has another plan..and helps me UNorganize it.  I would have to say that one of my biggest obstacles when it came to being organized was when I started doing product reviews on my blog.  It started off slow… Getting one item here and one item there… but then when it came to Christmas time, I did not know how to prepare.  I didn’t know how to schedule posts… And I never even thought about Getting Reviews done ASAP, and launching the review later.  I tried keeping items separated for my Christmas Event and then for my Blogtastic Extravaganza Event… and then I had a separate box for things I got in for Valentines… But my hubby would just go behind me and try to condense boxes… and It would just all get put together… So I was back to not knowing where I started…  Well Since then… I cant say I have conquered my organizational problems… But I have succeeded in getting something on track.  I have realized that when you have things in an order… Any type of order, as long as you understand it… things are much easier to sort through and less stressful when it comes to finding things.   Also with becoming a blogger I have always found time to read my favorite Coupon Clipping blogs… and I have managed to gain a LOT of free soap and deodorants… And Have gotten things ready for Multiple Wedding showers… Which I have finally gotten Organized!  It makes things so much easier to find.  My favorite way of organization… is using clear bins for  the small deodorants and soaps…and then the large Rubbermaid tubs for the gifts!

A little about Pretty Neat: Negative self-image. Fantasy-induced overspending. Marital tension. A new kind of airbrushed concoction is wreaking havoc on homes and psyches, and Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore have a name for it: org porn. It’s in magazines, coffee table books, advertisements, and TV shows, promoting a perfect — and entirely imaginary — world in which everything is always pristine, serene, and flawlessly organized. Pretty Neat is a handbook that embraces the chaotic reality that lies beneath org porn’s glossy veneer, offering pithy anecdotes and candid advice from experts and real women alike on tackling organizational inertia. Funny, irreverent, entertaining, and helpful, the book covers all facets of clutter-control, from tried-and-true tips for conquering to-do lists and wrangling family schedules to ideas on excavating inboxes, eliminating excuses, and delegating housework. Most importantly, Pretty Neat insists that women need to stop holding themselves to impossibly high standards, and focus instead on defining their own, realistic organizational goals. Full of engaging examples from everyday women, Pretty Neat offers readers unorthodox, surprisingly simple methods to reduce their org porn–fueled stress, insisting that perfection is impossible — and unnecessary — in this messy, unpredictable world called real life   (

So when I received “Pretty Neat” to read… I was all over it.  This book has many different tips on how to de-clutter your life.  This has also made me realize that Organization is different for everyone.  Some things – like lists work for some, where others.. it is a never ending battle.  I love the Q&A sections.

How do you get this book for your self?
Buy it:  You can purchase this book online at
Win It:  I am able to give one of my lucky readers a copy of Pretty Neat.

Mandatory Entry:
What is one area in your life that you need Organizational help?

Bonus Entries:
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3.  Follow MI Savings via GFC
4.  Follow MI Savings via Facebook
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6.  Grab my Button – please let me know where to find it (worth 3 bonus entries)
7.  Share a Tweet  about this giveaway (please use @MISavings)
8.  Share a Facebook Post about this giveaway (Please use @MISavings)
9.  Sign up for the Murphys USA Bracket Challenge

This giveaway will end at 11:59pm est on March 21 2011
This giveaway is open to US Residents only.
Please leave a separate comment for each entry
All winners are chosen by and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

* I received a copy of Pretty Neat for this review only.  All opinions are 100% my own.
Also.. Winners from all the blogs doing the Pretty Neat giveaway will be entered to win a $200 gift card and buttoned up products (av 50.00)
Good luck to everyone who enters!

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I am a Single mom of a 6 year old lil man. I work full time away from the house so I am always on the lookout for new things that will make my life easier!

  78 Responses to “CLOSED Organize your life with “Pretty Neat” Review and Giveaway.”

  1. My schoolwork.

  2. Keeping my bedroom clutter free!

  3. I follow with GFC

  4. I follow buttonedup on twitter: @KirbySoFine

  5. Following misavings on twitter: @KirbySoFine

  6. My laundry – it’s everywhere!

  7. Following Buttoned Up on Facebook

  8. Following MI Saving on Facebook

  9. paperwork receipts etc there scattered all over the house and being tax time it a big pain

  10. i follow as mverno via gfc

  11. All areas! But especially organizing my house. captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. my house needs lots of organizing

  13. I need help organizing my craft room. It’s a mess.

  14. GFC follower – Helen Keeler

  15. Twitter folllower – Helen Keeler

  16. My bookshelves are the worst. But my closets are bad. My computer desk is a mess. The kitchen..well lets not go there :p

  17. GFC follower

  18. Liked Buttoned up on Facebook. Sherry P.

  19. Followed on Twitter. Elleberra

  20. Liked MI savings on facebook. Sherry P.

  21. Followed misavings on twitter. elleberra

  22. The playroom! It’s a disaster!

  23. Tweeted!/Elleberra/status/46335369599401984

  24. I need help with the garage.

  25. Tweeted!/Elleberra/status/48184183784345600

  26. My closet needs help! I swear the dustbunnies are hoarding things in there – otherwise, I have no idea how it gets so cluttered!

  27. I Follow Buttoned up on Facebook
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  28. I Follow MI Savings via Facebook
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  29. I Follow MI Savings via Twitter

  30. I Signed up for the Murphys USA Bracket Challenge – username: giantsis

  31. My garage is out of control. I havent even been able to park the truck in it in over a year!


  32. Buttoned Up Facebook Fan

    Parker Ozgood


  33. Follower


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  37. I need help organizing my home office. My husband and I share it and we always have several projects going on at once.

  38. My food pantry need some help !!!!!!!!

  39. My desk it has everything I need (for the next year)
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  43. Follow Buttoned up on twitter
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  44. Publicly follow via GFC
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  45. My kitchen cabinets could sure use some reorganization help!

  46. I follow on GFc

  47. I like Buttoned Up on FB

  48. I follow Buttoned Up on Twitter

  49. I like MI Savings on FB

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  51. I need help with all these toys – so many and not enough room for anything. Help

    reannenny at

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  62. I need help organizing my garage and walk in closet
    willdebbie97 a tyahoo dot com

  63. My garage needs the most help.

  64. Now following GFC.

  65. The spare bedroom!

  66. I need help taming the paperwork, receipts and mail lol

    It’s TOO much and becomes such a headache at times!

    Thank you for the chance to win!


  67. Following you via GFC as JoeyfromSC


  68. Subscribed to your email newsletter
    (before I knew it was an entry lol-I like your blog!)


  69. My organizing skills need the most help

  70. Sign up for the Murphys USA Bracket Challenge


  71. Following Buttoned Up on facebook

    Joey J.


  72. Following MI savings on facebook also

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  73. i need organizational help at home. at work i am very organized but at home several rooms aren’t organized.

  74. I need tons of help with the paper in my life. Too much and all over!

  75. I follow via gfc as /\Heather/\

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